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Israeli forces uproots Palestinian trees in West Bank

February 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Israeli occupation forces uprooted on Tuesday hundreds of olive and almond trees in Un-Neer neighbourhood in the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian media reported.

Palestinian citizen, Nasser Nawaja’a, told Al-Quds newspaper that Israeli military bulldozers damaged a wide area of Palestinian farms and razed around 300 hundred trees to the ground.

Un-Neer neighbourhood is near the Israeli Soweesa Settlement which was built on lands owned by Palestinian farmers.

“The Israeli occupation claims that the land of the Un-Neer neighbourhood is state land,” Nawaja’a said. “Consequently, the occupation displaced Palestinian citizens in the village three years ago and is now working on annexing it to the settlement.”

Meanwhile, sources from the north Jordan Valley and Tobas city in the occupied West Bank have said that Israeli occupation forces damaged agricultural facilities, including greenhouses.

The head of the nomadic tribes living in the area, Aref Daraghmeh, said that Israeli forces also damaged chicken and sheep barns. “They uprooted tents inhabited by nomadic families and threw everything that was inside away,” he told media.

Palestinian villages and neighbourhoods in and around the Jordan Valley have been under Israeli attack for about two years.

Israeli forces have razed the Al-Maleh neighbourhood in the same area several times within the last five months. They claimed that they want to protect the inhabitants from stray bullets fired by the occupation during military exercises.